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Talkin' trash (photos)

Kenny Kemp
City workers haul away a houseful of trash that was left on the curb in front of 918 Beech Ave. on Charleston's West Side. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says that the city Refuse Department comes across a mess like this about once a week. Jones said that situations like this are why Charleston needs to continue to have publicly run trash collection. He said that private collectors, like Waste Management, which operates in other parts of the county, will leave behind anything that doesn't fit in the can. "There's always been a movement by some folks to privatize the garbage system," Jones said. "I'm opposed to it in Charleston. This is the argument against privatizing the system." Jones said he plans to make that point at Monday's city council meeting. Jones also took about 30 city Refuse workers out to lunch to thank them for their work.
Kenny Kemp Mayor Danny Jones jokes with Frank Whitestone, who has worked in the city's Refuse Department for 21 years. Jones took about 30 city Refuse workers to lunch at Shoney's to thank them for working on Saturdays during the holidays. "We in Charleston have a great refuse system; people who do a great job of picking up what's left on the route," Jones said. "Their mission is to leave a clean route."

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